Library staff play an invaluable role in supporting their communities. In both good times and times of challenge or crisis, library workers in all types of libraries serve millions of library users in need of free access to Wi-Fi, eBooks, accurate information, and digital social services. On April 25, 2023, the nation will celebrate National Library Workers Day (NLWD), a time to recognize library staff for their contributions in transforming lives and communities.
The ALA Allied Professionals Association (ALA-APA) invites library advocates, patrons, and staff to show their support of our nation’s library workers by posting words of encouragement and appreciation for their local library stars at http://bit.ly/librarystar. Academic, public, special, school library patrons can “Submit a Star” by providing a brief testimonial about a favorite library employee. Submit as many names as you like. Patrons are welcome to share stories about how library staff has an impact on their lives or community. Each testimonial will appear in ALA-APA’s “Galaxy of Stars." Library staff and the general public may also share well wishes over their social media channels with the hashtag #NLWD23 or post messages to the National Library Workers Day Facebook page.
All library star submissions will be highlighted on April 25, during National Library Workers Day, a national celebration during National Library Week (April 23 - 29) that highlights the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming communities and improving lives.
A National Library Workers Day publicity tool kit that features free artwork, promotion material templates, and merchandise information is currently available.
Additional information regarding National Library Workers Day is available at https://ala-apa.org/nlwd/.
The ALA Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA). The ALA-APA is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.”